An international fashion research project exploring the 'craft of use'


The link between a person and a garment can never be planned for, but has lasting impact when a garment becomes a life-long companion. It reveals the potential for change in each individual and often marks that in the associations with a piece, for single, small actions can have big effects.

Hair shirt

“I’m wearing a t-shirt which belongs to my sister’s partner who’s been friends with my family for years. He gave it to his younger sister who gave it to my older sister and then to me. And I’ve had it for years. It’s all kind of ripped into the back but still looks it’s amazing. The reason I wore my hair up in a ponytail today is that I have a distinctive memory of walking out to get my pony on a really hot summer’s day and looking at my shadow of my ponytail swinging and I was wearing this t-shirt...”

Dublin - April 2012
Photograph by Des Moriarty